The aims of this module are to provide students with a basic understanding of the assessments used in healthcare settings, their strengths and weaknesses, blueprinting, and a chance to practice item writing.
Intended learning outcomes
Participants will develop skills that enable them to:
- Have an understanding of how assessment affects learning and mechanisms for assessing learners.
- Explain the strengths and weaknesses of at least three types of assessment used in medical education.
- Explain how to blueprint and standard set a test.
- Describe the practical steps necessary to design and set an examination in a healthcare setting.
This module will cover the ‘nuts and bolts’ of assessment. It will cover:
- The relationship between learning and assessment.
- Types of assessment - summative versus formative; self-assessment; peer assessment.
- The range of assessments (MCQs, essays, orals, OSCEs, practical exams, Work place-based assessments) and their strengths and weaknesses.
- the need for blueprinting against a curriculum, and the problems of standard-setting;
- practical problems of writing MCQs, OSCE stations, etc.
- The concepts of validity; feasibility and cost-effectiveness of different forms of assessment will be introduced as well as opportunities to write a variety of assessment items.
Method of delivery
Delivered by 100% distance learning.
|Teaching Block||Start||End||Assignment due date||Closing date for applications|
|Block 1||Monday 9 October 2017||Friday 1 December 2017||Thursday 11 January 2018||31 July 2017|
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